North Fork Bay House
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ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersWestern Window Systems
ManufacturersHansgrohe SE
ManufacturersDuravit
ManufacturersCaesarstone
ManufacturersAF | New York
ManufacturersAmerich

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North Fork Bay House

RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE as Architects

With direct access to Great Peconic Bay, this prefab beach house is designed to be a weekend retreat for a young Brooklyn family of four, and seasonal residence for the client’s Florida-based parents. The prefabricated modules are set atop the site-built steel frame, allowing for views of the bay as one arrives via the long, tree-lined gravel drive. While the house is not technically within a FEMA-designated flood zone, the strategy of lifting the house is a direct response to the client's concerns about potential flooding in the future. Simultaneously, this strategy provides outstanding views of the bay from the main level, while creating shaded and sheltered outdoor space below the house for parking, lounging, and woodworking—including the grandfather's latest project: building a small sailboat.


One gains entry via an open-riser exterior stair to a courtyard deck, where adjacent trees fill the view and sunlight flows into the house. Full-height sliding glass doors facing the bay connect the open-plan communal space to a large bayside deck and the beach beyond.


As a weekend retreat, the family's two young girls enjoy their bunkroom with custom built-in Baltic birch bunk beds and integrated toy cubbies. Parents and grandparents also appreciate their own custom built-in Baltic birch bed platforms with integrated side tables and headboards, as well as the built-in natural maple wardrobes. Interior materials evoke a beach vibe, and make for easy cleaning: large-format tile flooring throughout the home, subway tile bathroom walls with glass mosaic tile accents, Caesarstone countertops, Corian backsplashes, maple cabinets, Baltic birch millwork, and stainless steel appliances. Exterior materials—chosen for their durability—hold up to the harsh coastal climate. Kynar-coated corrugated aluminum siding withstands the corrosive salt air while providing beautiful tone and texture. Warm natural cedar used for siding, railings, the outdoor shower enclosure, and the brise-soleil—along with Ipe decking—complement the cool metal siding.

Small Footprint, Big Potential

Western Window Systems as Manufacturers

A prefab beach house doubles as a weekend retreat and a seasonal residence.

When architect Jonathan Tucker of Resolution: 4 Architecture was tapped to design a waterfront home on Long Island with a focus on indoor-outdoor living and views to the bay, he needed both elevation and big glass openings. So, he raised the house and had Western Window Systems’ massive multi-slide glass doors installed.

Tucker views prefabricated construction – placing assembled modules atop building frames – as cost-efficient, eco-friendly, and allowing for versatility in design. In the case of the Long Island home, a steel frame was used at the request of the homeowners, who were concerned about the property being near a potential flood zone. The house was lifted, with two ready-made sections set onto the sturdy steel frame and clad in corrugated aluminum siding.

The end result: A 1,650-square-foot prefab beach bungalow offering elevated, panoramic views of the Great Peconic Bay, Long Island Sound, and the surrounding vineyards, orchards, and farms that characterize the 30-mile-long peninsula.

The Brooklyn-based family that owns the house bought it for a weekend retreat and a seasonal home for their Florida-based grandparents. So, Tucker designed the house with communal spaces in mind – the home is centered around a courtyard and sprawling deck that boast seemingly boundless bay views. Series 600 Sliding Glass Doors create a seamless transition from the interior to the outdoors.

“This home has direct access to the water with unobstructed views across the bay. The design inherently needed to maximize window openings to take advantage of these views,” Tucker says. “It was also important to use natural daylight and natural ventilation throughout the home while connecting the interior spaces to the various exterior spaces that are features of the home.”

Because the project revolves entirely around the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, Tucker says, customization options were imperative. “In our experience designing homes, we are often limited by other window manufacturers’ size constraints that do not satisfy the clients’ expectations,” he says. “Western Window Systems’ capabilities give us freedom to connect large spaces to the outdoors in striking and unexpected ways.”

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